Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating shadows, part of After Effects Apprentice 11: 3D Space.
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Next, let's play around with shadows.…These are one of the most visually appealing features with lights in After Effects.…I am going to go back and open up in the Comps folder the…composition 07-Shadows*starter.…And for shadows to appear you need a few things.…First off, you need a layer in the background, with its 3D layer switch enabled…to receive your shadows.…You need the layer in front, again, already in 3D space, to cast the shadows,…and there needs to be some distance between those two layers.…
If one layer is directly on top of another, you won't see the shadow that…falls in-between them.…You can either glance at their Positions numerically or, again, take…advantage of different views.…For example, if I look at things from a custom view, you can see that this…shadow layer is in front of my background layer.…This is also easy to see in one of the orthographic views, like Top, there's a…shadow layer, and there is my background concrete wall, or from the Left.…Again, here's my text layer that is in front and my wall layer that is behind.…
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- Keyframing motion paths in 3D
- Managing multiple 3D views
- Auto-orienting cameras along a path
- Creating shadows
- Understanding Vanishing Point Exchange
- Importing a 3D model into Photoshop Extended
- Scaling in 3D
- OpenGL acceleration